Don’t you often wish you could find a place you could really, truly find peace and quiet in? A location which would be worlds apart from the problems of everyday life but still within reach?
Peonia (pronounced Peh-ón-ee-ah, a Greek species of flower but also an incidental anagram of the Greek word for ‘Japan’) is a Zen tea and herbalism shop. It is so quiet and peaceful, even the tea menus have little “thank you for respecting the others and the shop by being quiet and relaxed!” signs. This might seem a little bit too New Age for you, depending on your tastes, but in my opinion Peonia has struck a good balance. I’ve brought many friends and not a small number of (first) dates to Peonia; you know you’re going to hit it off when they can savour the peace.
The ridiculously quiet atmosphere is perfect for enjoying your game of go, a good book (including from their own spirituality collection) and, of course, the wide variety of exotic and unique teas and other beverages brought there by the depths of Asia and other parts of the world, as well as vegan sweets and pastries.
It’s not rare for me to not be able to think of a place to go when I’m in Thisseio. Sometimes everything just feels the same. Years and years of visiting Peonia have taught me that the unique is often to be found in the “mundane”. Athens and the world need more places like this.